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TechInsights Confirming SMIC N+2 7nm in Huawei Mate 60 Pro

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TechInsights has received the Huawei Mate 60 Pro in its Ottawa, Canada laboratory. Work has begun to determine if the application processor is indeed SMIC’s latest generation process node – advancing it from its N+1 7nm node found by TechInsights in July 2022 in the MinerVA7 Bitcoin Miner.

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If SMIC’s N+2 7nm (with SRAM cache integrated) and 5G RF front end chipsets are revealed, it signals a big milestone and breakthrough for the Chinese semiconductor industry – and a disruptive move on the global stage.

The original SMIC N+1 7nm technology analyzed by TechInsights in 2022 was used in the MinerVA7 Bitcoin Miner ASIC application made the chipset less sensitive to possible production process variations due to smaller production quantities. For this next generation of the SMIC 7nm process is the ability to manufacture at scale in a process that was previously having yield issues. From a semiconductor process technology perspective, this is the first commercial use of an advanced Chinese process technology node that support bitcells (embedded SRAM), opening the door to a fully domestic advanced SoC design and manufacturing ecosystem.

Stay tuned to the TechInsights Platform for continuing coverage of this potentially impactful event. Our engineering, lab, and market analysis teams are preparing commentary, forecast implications, and technical analysis, and will be publishing our insights and first-look images on the TechInsights Platform.

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